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Autism demograpics around the world

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http://www.rescuepost.com/files/gr-autism_and_vaccines_world_special_report1.pdf

SPECIAL REPORT





AUTISM AND VACCINES AROUND THE WORLD:

Vaccine Schedules, Autism Rates, and Under 5 Mortality

Generation Rescue, Inc. April 2009

The United States has the highest number of mandated vaccines for children under 5 in the world (36,

double the Western world average of 18), the highest autism rate in the world (1 in 150 children, 10 times

or more the rate of some other Western countries), but only places 34

th in the world for its children under

5 mortality rate. What’s going on?

Context:

There is an intense debate over the correlation

between rising autism prevalence and the United States

vaccine schedule. The vaccine schedule for children

aged 5 and under has nearly tripled in 25 years. In 1983,

the Centers for Disease Control recommended 10

vaccines for this age group. Today, the

recommendation is 36 vaccines. Calls by advocacy

organizations for a “safer and leaner vaccine schedule”

have been dismissed, with health authorities implying

that mortality rates from childhood diseases would

materially increase.

Objective:

To compare vaccine schedules, autism rates,

and under 5 mortality rates of the United States to other

countries to see if any differences emerge.

Design:

A full publication and literature review was

completed to determine vaccine schedules and under 5

mortality rates for 30 countries, including the United

States. The 29 other countries all had lower (better)

under 5 mortality rates than the U.S. Additionally,

autism rates were compared for certain countries with

reliable, published autism prevalence data.

Results:

The United States mandates the most vaccines

in the Western world (36), double the average of the 30

countries studied (18). All countries with lower vaccine

mandates have better under 5 mortality rates and many

have materially lower autism rates.

Conclusions:

The analysis lends credibility to the

relationship between vaccines and autism and

challenges the public view of both the Centers for

Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics

that more vaccines is always positive for public health.

THE UNITED STATES

has the most aggressive mandated vaccine schedule in the world. The vaccine

schedule has grown materially since 1990 (25 additional vaccines). Interestingly, the adoption rate of other

countries are far lower for recent vaccines (Varicella, Rotavirus, Hepatitis A & B, Flu) than they have been

for the “core” vaccines used to fight deadly disease (DTP, MMR, Polio). Today, there are 11 licensed

vaccines on the U.S. Recommended Immunization Schedule published annually by the Centers for Disease

Control. Many of the vaccines are administered multiple times. Table 1 depicts the evolution of the U.S.

vaccine schedule and also highlights the adoption rates of other Western Countries of each vaccine.

Generally speaking, the U.S. has been the early adopter of new vaccines.

TABLE 1: U.S. MANDATED VACCINES VERSUS OTHER COUNTRIES

Year Added USA Mandated Doses How many countries

USA Schedule Vaccines Given USA (of 30 studied) mandate this vaccine?

1940s Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP) 5 30 of 30 (100%)

1955 Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV) 4 30 of 30 (100%)

1971 Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 2 30 of 30 (100%)

1990 Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib) 4 28 of 30 (93%)

1991 Hepatitis B (HepB) 3 18 of 30 (60%)

1995 Varicella 2 4 of 30 (13%): USA, Germany, Australia, Canada

1998 Rotavirus (RV) 3 3 of 30 (10%): USA, Australia, Austria

2000 Pneumococcal (PCV) 4 11 of 30 (37%)

2004 Influenza 7 2 of 30 (7%): USA, Canada

2004 Hepatitis A (Hep A) 2 1 of 30 (3%): USA

2006 Meningococcal (high risk groups only)

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Total Vaccines to US Children Under 5

36

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Vaccine Schedules, Autism Rates, and Under 5 Mortality Generation Rescue, Inc. 2009

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UNDER 5 MORTALITY

is a measure of country-specific child mortality rates before the age of 5. The

United Nations tabulates the data for all countries. The rates are expressed per 1,000 children born. The

United States is 34

th

in the world for under 5 mortality, tied with Greece and behind such diverse countries

as France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Cuba, and Slovenia, to name a few. In Table 2, vaccine schedules

(where obtainable) and under 5 mortality rates are compared for the 30 countries studied. Note that all 29

other countries have lower (better) under 5 mortality rates than the U.S.

TABLE 2: NUMBER OF MANDATORY VACCINES AND

UNDER 5 MORTALITY RATES FOR TOP 30 COUNTRIES

# of Mandatory Mortality Rates Mortality Rate

Vaccines Per 1,000 children Worldwide

Country (<5 yrs old) Under 5 yrs old

i Rank

United States 36 7.8 34

Iceland 11 3.9 1

Sweden 11 4.0 2

Singapore 13 4.1 3

Japan 11 4.2 4

Norway 13 4.4 5

Finland 12 4.7 6

Hong Kong 13 4.7 7

Czech Republic 20 4.8 8

Korea, South n.a. 4.8 9

Switzerland 16 5.1 10

France 17 5.2 11

Spain 20 5.3 12

Belgium 18 5.3 13

Germany 22 5.4 14

Austria 19 5.4 15

Australia 27 5.6 16

Israel 11 5.7 17

Denmark 12 5.8 18

Netherlands 20 5.9 19

Canada 28 5.9 20

United Kingdom 20 6.0 21

Italy 13 6.1 22

Ireland 24 6.2 23

Channel Islands n.a. 6.2 24

Slovenia 14 6.4 25

New Zealand 21 6.4 26

Cuba n.a. 6.5 27

Luxembourg 23 6.6 28

Portugal 19 6.6 29

Brunei n.a. 6.7 30

Cyprus 23 6.9 31

Malta 14 7.6 32

Croatia 18 7.7 33

Average 18.0

n.a.: Vaccine schedules for certain countries were unobtainable.

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Vaccine Schedules, Autism Rates, and Under 5 Mortality Generation Rescue, Inc. 2009

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AUTISM PREVALENCE

in the United States has soared. In 1970, Treffert et. al. published the first known

autism prevalence study in the United States,

Epidemiology of Infantile Autism

, with an autism prevalence rate

of less than 1 per 10,000. In 1987, Burd et. al. published a study,

A prevalence study of pervasive developmental

disorders in North Dakota

, showing an autism rate of 3.3 per 10,000. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control’s

Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network released data showing that prevalence of

autism had grown to 66 per 10,000 or 1 in 150, an increase of more than 6,000% from the 1970 study.

Prevalence data on autism from other countries is limited. For purposes of this report, only journalpublished

prevalence data was used. Below, in Table 3, the United States current autism prevalence is

compared to certain other countries that met the following criteria: materially lower levels of mandated

vaccines and published autism prevalence data. For comparison purposes, the prevalence figures are also

expressed as a multiplier of the U.S. autism rate. For example, if a country has an autism rate of 1 in 2,000,

than the U.S. rate is 13-times greater, expressed as 13x.

TABLE 3: VACCINE SCHEDULES, AUTISM RATES,

AND UNDER 5 MORTALITY FOR SELECT COUNTRIES

# of

Mandatory US Autism Mortality Rates Mortality Rate

Vaccines Autism Rate Per 1,000 children Worldwide

Country (<5 yrs old) Rate Multiplier Under 5 years old Rank

United States 36 1 in 150 7.8 34

Iceland 11 1 in 1,100

ii

7.3 x 3.9 1

Sweden 11 1 in 862

iii

5.7 x 4.0 2

Japan 11 1 in 475

iv

3.2 x 4.2 4

Norway 13 1 in 2,000

v

13.3 x 4.4 5

Finland 12 1 in 719

vi

4.8 x 4.7 6

France 17 1 in 613

vii

4.1 x 5.2 11

Israel 11 1 in 1,000

viii

6.7 x 5.7 17

Denmark 12 1 in 2,200

ix

14.6 x 5.8 18

DISCUSSION

Worldwide vaccine schedules, autism rates, and under 5 mortality rates have not been previously

compared. The United States has the highest number of mandated vaccines of any country in the world, the

highest prevalence of autism in the world, and places 34

th

for under 5 mortality.

This study appears to lend credibility to the theory that the U.S. vaccine schedule is linked to the U.S.

epidemic of autism, particularly when compared to the published autism rates of other countries. Urgent

additional study is required. If it is determined that the U.S. vaccine schedule should be reduced, many

international models exist that appear to strike a successful balance between vaccines and mortality levels.

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Generation Rescue, Inc. April 2009

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Vaccine Schedules, Autism Rates, and Under 5 Mortality Generation Rescue, Inc. 2009

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References

Note: All vaccine schedules are as of 2006. Some countries use combination vaccines. All schedule counts have been

normalized to compare to the US schedule. For example, if a country uses an MMR-Varicella combination vaccine, it

counts as “2” vaccines.

All European schedules can be found at:

www.euvac.net

For Japan’s schedule: http://idsc.nih.go.jp/yosoku/vacpdf/EN_05-1.pdf

For Singapore’s schedule: http://www.tts.edu.sg/pdf/Medicalmatters/Singapore%20Immunisation%20schedule.pdf

For Hong Kong’s schedule: http://www.fmshk.org/database/articles/005sf1.pdf

For Australia’s schedule: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/nips

For New Zealand’s schedule: http://www.moh.govt.nz/immunisation

i

World Population Prospects, The 2006 Revisions. United Nations, 2007.

ii

P. Magnusson, Prevalence of autism in Iceland

, J Autism Dev Disord. 2001.

iii

C. Gillberg, Is autism more common now than 10 years ago?

The British Journal of Psychiatry. 1991.

iv

H. Honda, Cumulative incidence and prevalence of childhood autism in children in Japan

, Br J Psychiatry. 1996.

v

E. Sponheim, Autism and related disorders: epidemiological findings in a Norwegian study using ICD-10 diagnostic criteria

,

Journal of autism and developmental disorders. 1998.

vi

M. Kielinen. Autism in Northern Finland

, Eur Child Adolesc Psych. 2000.

vii

E. Fombonne, Autism and associated medical disorders in a French epidemiological survey

, Journal of the American Academy

of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1997.

viii

M. Davidovitch. Autism in the Haifa area--an epidemiological perspective

, Isr Med Assoc J. 2001.

ix

K. Madsen, Thimerosal and the Occurrence of Autism: Negative Ecological Evidence From Danish Population-Based Data

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MommytoNakoa
by on Sep. 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM

interesting, thanks for sharing!

ThinkTwice08
by Bronze Member on Sep. 10, 2009 at 4:31 AM

I've added it to my arsenal. :)

Quoting MommytoNakoa:

interesting, thanks for sharing!


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StarMommy77
by Silver Member on Sep. 11, 2009 at 2:03 AM

This is really great.. I think we should all print it out for our notebooks!

Thanks for supplying the link at the begining.. It helped read the tables.. :)


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